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woman to be execute in virginia in nearly a century. we're going to have the details of this controversial case. >>> wolf blitzer is off today, i'm suzanne malveaux. and you're "in the situation room." >>> president obama's controversial education policy has suffered a blow right here in his own back yard. in tuesday's primary, democrats in washington ousted incumbent mayor adrian fenty in the wake of a series of controversial reforms. that's not the only issue that the city is struggling with. talked about that. more with the city council and the new democratic nominee, vince gray. >>> thank you so much for being here in the situation room. first of all, congratulations on your win. obviously, you have a general election but in a predominantly democratic city like washington it's very likely you'll be the next mayor. take a look at this city at what we're dealing with. unemployment, more than 10% in some areas. much, much higher than that. and hiv positive rate, the high nest the country. we've got poverty. what is your first priority in terms of what you need to do
of the capitol but in a hardware store in northern virginia. it's by design emphasizing the issue, jobs and the economy. >> what do we know about what's going to be in their agenda? >> five major themes. the five major themes are going to be jobs, spending, health care, national security, and reform of congress itself. specifics on these things are not holding them close to the vest so far. but the economy is definitely going to be the top issue. there's no kquestion about that. and it's interesting that there's a not, we're told, from gop sources to tea party issues. no it just a promise to repeal the health care bill, but a legislation and scrutinize legislation to make sure it's constitutional. another nod to the dominance of the economy. we're told not to expect much by the way of social issues in this republican ape general da, abortion and gay rights and things like that. >> they're going to avoid that. why is it so important to the republicans right now to be unveiling this new agenda. >> republican strategists, we talked to them for months and months. they understood that the mi
of the military that helps everybody to try to work together. they have headquarters in norfolk, virginia. and democratic senator jim webb worried about job cuts, let the pentagon officials have it right between the eyes. have a listen. >> we did not have access, we didn't have an opportunity to provide input. in fact, on august 9, secretary lind, you called me 15 minutes before this decision was publicly announced. that's not the way to conduct a review. that has enormous implications to our defense and the community interest. it's called stiff arming. >> i appreciate you feel we have not shared as much information as you would like. the core issue is a disagreement on the reck men dapgs. this was not a business case analysis as some have described it. this is a military decision. >> there are no decisions of this magnitude that are military decisions. not in the united states. >> very unusual to see this level of tension erupt between pentagon officials. that was the number two man in the pentagon, bill lynn, and democrats especially on capitol hill. earlier today, some congressional le
of virginia, center of politics. he has this new crystal ball, looking at november 2nd. he says given what we can see at this moment, republicans have a good chance to win the house by picking up as many as 47 seats net, you need 39 in order to have john boehner become the speaker of the house. in the senate republicans have an outside shot of winning full control, that would be plus ten, but are more likely to end up with plus eight or plus nine. is he on target, paul? >> first off, he is a highly respected guy, larry sabato at the uva. not the university of texas, but not a bad school, uva. i can't say he has any ax to grind. i've been telling democrats my strategy is three words. build an arc. it could be category 4, category 5. we should have chad myers tracking the storm that's coming to hit the democrats. don't sit there passively and wait for the storm to hit. build an arc. get out in front of this. put the republicans on trial. many brace the fact that it looks like congress may well switch and say what would the republicans do? privatelyize social security, cut taxes for the rich and
group in a home in northern virginia right outside washington, d.c. he complained that his administration is in a wrestling match with republicans over a tax break for the wealthiest americans. let's bring in our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, and theio senior political analyst, gloria borger. for pryou. the president was low key today as he has been for the last couple of days. what's going on? >> they have john boehner back in a corner with some of the president's fiery speees last week on the tr this time he was in a smaller group in a back yard. maybe he didn't need to throw out as much red meat. but they feel good inside the white house for a first time in a long time. they feel they're in offense after playing so much defense. that's all because of what happened. if you play out over the last few days, friday's white house news conference, the president really underlini the message that the republicans should not hold the le class hostage by demanding that you also extend the tax cuts for the rich. at the same time you do them for the middle class. 48 hou
. >> reporter: in west virginia's rural first district, this republican ad never even mentions the democratic opponent. >> -- had enough of record job loss, enough of barack obama and nancy pelosi? enough of the attacks on west virginia jobs? if you've had enough, david mckinley for congress. >> of course this is a total role reversal from 2006 and 2008 because then it was a referendum on president bush and the war in iraq. now it's a referendum on president obama, democratic leaders, and the economy. you are seeing democrats are doing and republicans are doing what the opposite party did just a few years ago. >> it was fascinating when you brought up the point that he never even mentioned his opponent in that ad. it was just obama and pelosi. the president today talked about policies that move us forward. is anybody talking about that, the democrats? >> this is what's interesting. this is what evan tracy pointed out. the health care bill, for instance, has been so difficult for democrats to sell and most of them are not talking about it. they're not talking about it in ads for sure. and so w
of a virginia woman to halt an execution. theresa lewis has pleaded guilty to her part of the murders of her husband and stepson in their home. but lewis and her lawyers argue thae shoo has an iq that is borderline retarded and could not commit the crime alone. but it was denied and the death by lethal injection should continue saturday night. >>> and the final vote for "don't ask, don't tell" is four short of the 60 votes needed to overcome republican opposition. the democrats are accusing the gop of stalling on the defense bill while democrats are saying they are using this bill to force through provisions like "don't ask, don't tell." >>> a group of scientists are warning against building highways through the serengeti, and they say that the proposed road would cause disaster and disrupt the migration of thousands of zebras and wild beasts and the president has said he is a conservation ally and he won't allow something to be built to ruin the ecosystem. >>> finally, bedbugs are popping up all over the country, and experts are gathering to attend a bedbug summit outside of chicago. on dis
the elections? virginia write, depends on how smart or stupid people are. if they're smart, the increase in poverty levels will create a corresponding increase of votes for the democrats. why anyone poor would vote republican is beyond me. missy writes it doesn't matter if democrats are at fault or not, they're the party in power. the nation looks to them for solutions. when they fail to address the very real problems this country has they deserve all the blame that is heaped upon them. joe writes, hard to say how it will affect the elections. it does indicate how effective the emfa service preventing the transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor has been. the rich are assuccumulating al the wealth. mike writes, the only group people can turn to if they are fed up with the status quo is the tea party. it's very possible people are voting for the tea party candidates simply out of frustration, not knowing what the group really stands for. she writes from arizona, it will probably be bad for the democrats as there are so many voters out there with short-term memory loss who don't rememb
. >> and president obama held a discussion in the home of falls church, virginia, but he strayed off topic to talk to the crowd about a question he often faces about how he manages stress. >> people ask me, sort of how do i stay calm in my job. the reason i stay calm in my job is that every night at 6:30 no matter how busy i am, i go upstairs and i have a short commute, and i go upstairs and i have dinner with my wife and my daughters. and as long as they are doing good, as long as they are healthy and happy and running around and telling me stories about the crazy things that happened at school today, then there is a certain baseline that just gives you that sense, well, i can take anything, right? now, the flipside is when malia or sasha get a sniffle or an ear infection or a scrape or a bruise, i'm over there just miserable. >> dinner with the family helps anyone out, i would say, with stress. speaking of dinner, wolf, any dinner plans with mr. trump this evening for you? >> no dinner plans. i am getting on the plane to fly back on the shuttle. i will be back -- >> we miss you. >> i think that
. >> what happens as this storm moves north towards virginia and maryland and new jersey, new york, the new england area? >> well, one of the things, good things that's happening is, we're fairly confident in the forecast of the curvature back to the northeast and the way the coastline ducks in for the major metropolitan areas of new york and d.c. and philadelphia, fringe impacts. main impacts in new jersey and western long island, the high surf and unfavorable conditions for beach-goers this end of the summer. bigger threat remains as it comes out towards southern new england because now we're out far enough in the forecast that i can't be overly sure that they are going to escape the direct impacts of the center of the hurricane. >> so what i hear you saying is sometime tomorrow friday philadelphia, washington, d.c., new york city, they may just get a lot of rain, is that what you're saying? >> maybe not even a whole lot of rain, just the breezy conditions from the wind field out of northwest. it will be more close to the coastline where the winds will be in the tropical storm force area
and freeze it for two years and see what happens. joe in virginia writes, like it or not the wealthy create jobs and reduce their buying an investing power and the economy will suffer. it is popular to talk about soaking the fat cats, but the reality is that $250,000 a year while nice is not rich. wait a while, and let the economy improve and then balance up the tax situation. vick writes from new jersey, i work on wall street and i live in new jersey. i can tell you all about the salary exscesses of those executives. out in new jersey are former farms taken up by mansions of those guys and streets laden with porches and ferraris and the more pedestrian bmws and do i think they need a tax break? hell no. earl says now is not the time to increase taxes on anyone but i do believe it is time to stop the runaway spending. and julie says, i don't think of it as raising taxes on the wealthy, but readjusting to make it fair. and it seems like this is a good which to do it. larry writes, it is a bad idea to raise taxes on anyone with an economy as weak as this. it is only a ploy to appease and purc
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